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High-Efficiency, High-Power Laser Transmitter for Deep-Space Communication

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Vega Wave Systems
1275 West Roosevelt Road, Suite 104 West Chicago, IL 60185-4815
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: High-Efficiency, High-Power Laser Transmitter for Deep-Space Communication
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CD82P
Award Amount: $100,000.00


There is demand for vastly improved deep space satellite communications links. As data rates dramatically increase due to new sensor technologies and the desire to pack even more sensors on spacecraft, it is imperative that new solutions be compact in size, light in weight, be high speed, and highly power efficient. Traditional RF links suffer 1/r2 losses, resulting in low received power, thereby limiting overall data rates. NASA has recognized optical links offer potential improvements in power and in size due to a substantially narrower beam and smaller components. An ideal technology for such links is a laser transmitter master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) using pulse position modulation techniques. Previous work has demonstrated laser transmitter MOPAs up to 100 MHz with wall plug efficiencies up to 18.9% and operating at 1064nm which requires bulky optical components. There still is room for improvement utilizing additional techniques to further increase efficiency and size reduction. This proposal addresses these improvements using several techniques.

Principal Investigator:

Tony Moretti
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Alan Sugg
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vega Wave Systems, Inc.
1275 W Roosevelt Road, Suite 104 West Chicago, IL 60185

EIN/Tax ID: 233047914
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No